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Lisbon: Lisbon Under Stars Show Tickets

1. Lisbon: Lisbon Under Stars Show Tickets

Take in the outstanding architecture of the famous ruins of the Carmo Church as you enjoy a visually-pleasing depiction of Lisbon history. Using projections, visual effects, and virtual dancers that move along to traditional music, Lisbon Under Stars will give you a truly unique experience. Allow yourself to be guided through more than 600 years of Lisbon's and Portugal's history, including the Battle of Aljubarrota, the Age of Discovery, and the earthquake of 1755. The walls of Carmo are transformed into a three-dimensional screen to provide an incredible atmosphere. Enjoy this inspiring audiovisual and sensory experience while gazing up at the stars in the night sky. Move freely through the space to see and hear different perspectives of this time travel spectacle.

Lisbon: History, Stories and Lifestyle Walking Tour

2. Lisbon: History, Stories and Lifestyle Walking Tour

Discover one of Europe's most captivating and picturesque capitals on a guided walking tour. Built on a series of hills and offering panoramic views from countless spots, explore the city with a local guide who will make sure that you have an interesting and fun experience. Begin the tour in the 5-centuries-old Bairro Alto, where you’ll learn about the evolution of the city. After the earthquake of 1755 this space attracted families from the Baixa and Bairro districts, who began the process of renewal. Pass by the garden of São Pedro de Alcântara and enjoy views of Baixa and the south bank of the Tagus River. Visit the San Roque Church built by the Jesuits. Admire its austere façade, and the gilding, tiles, and paintings inside that make it a wonderful museum of Mannerist and Baroque styles. Head down the hill to the Carmo convent and church, fine examples of the city’s Gothic architecture. This is a site of historical importance as it was here that the Carnation Revolution began in 1974, putting an end to nearly 5 decades of dictatorship. A little further on, arrive at the Santa Justa elevator, an imposing monument built in the Gothic Revival style, that provides one of the best viewpoints in the city. See a number of attractions in Baixa, in the heart of the city. After a short break, take a ride on the tram, going up from the castle to the Portas do Sol. At the Portas do Sol, see the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon, and the Alfama district that spans several narrow streets to the River Tagus. Explore Alfama, one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon, known for its fado houses, and the popular festivals of saints, particularly St. Anthony. End the tour at Lisbon Cathedral, built in 1150, 3 years after the city was taken back from the Moors. Over time it has been subject to various architectural changes, becoming a mixture of different styles.

Lisbon: Guided Walking, Biking, Tram, and Boat Tour

3. Lisbon: Guided Walking, Biking, Tram, and Boat Tour

Explore Lisbon on a guided walking tour through areas like Downtown Lisbon and the Alfama District. Ride a yellow tram to Bairro Alto and peddle with a bike along the Tagus River. Try a traditional pastry and see the Belém tower. Meet your guide in Rossio Square and immerse yourself in Lisbon's history on a guided walking tour. Stroll to Restauradores Square to climb aboard the Elevador da Glória, a famous yellow tram that will take you to Bairro Alto where you can admire city views at the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint. Walk to the oldest Jesuit church in the city, Church of St. Roque. See ruins of the Carmo Convent which was destroyed during the earthquake of 1755. Make your way to Downtown Lisbon, the historic and commercial center of the city. Head to the Alfama District and get lost in the architecture and history of the Cathedral of Lisbon. Follow your guide to Praça do Comércio square which opens to the south to the immense estuary of the Tagus River where Kings and Heads of State used to disembark on state visits. Hop aboard a well-maintained bike and begin your ride on flat paths along the Tagus River. See the iconic April 25th bridge and the modern architecture of the MAAT Museum. Upon arriving in Belém, immerse yourself in the 16th-century Manueline-style artwork of the Jerónimos Monastery. Taste a traditional pastel de belém (Portuguese custard tart) at the shop "Pastéis de Belém" which was founded in 1837. Follow your guide to the Padrão dos descobrimentos, a monument dedicated to the most important Portuguese navigators. View the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belem Tower, which defended the city from maritime attacks in the 16th century. Finish your tour with a dreamy boat ride along the Tagus river. Relax as you take in the city from the water until you reach Praça do Comércio and end your tour.

Lisbon: 4-Hour Private Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour

4. Lisbon: 4-Hour Private Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour

This is a sightseeing tour that includes everything you must see in Lisbon. It will give you a complete overview of the most important landmarks of the city. In this 4-hour ride, you will be able to experience the old districts, visit monuments full of history and see breathtaking views. Graça, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Chiado, and Belem are must-see neighborhoods of the Portuguese capital and can be explored in a relaxed and comfortable way on board of an electric tuk-tuk. And as flavors are also a great way to know a city - enjoy our offer of a traditional liquor at one of the stops. The tuk-tuk is a very versatile way to move around the hills of Lisbon, as it gets access to sites where touristic buses are not allowed, considering the geography of the city. You can also count on the live explanation of your professional storytellers. Be prepared for a fun adventure but also for lots of history and contemporary culture.

Lisbon: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

5. Lisbon: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Lisbon at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like Praça do Comércio, Bairro Alto, Church of São Roque and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

6. Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

Meet at Rua da Boavista, 168 (metro - Cais do Sodré, bus - 714 or tram - 25) bus stop Conde Barão. The adventure starts as you head to Alfama, the old town area, passing by the river side where you can see the huge commercial plaza. In Alfama you can see traces of the Arab occupation and the Roman presence in the architecture, the food, and the language as well. Watch traditional music fado, go to St George Castle and see some beautiful landscapes. The city center is also very interesting. It is super fun to drive Segways and easier than Alfama. See the oldest cafe in Lisbon and the shopping areas that are full of history. This area was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. You can also see the best restaurants to eat, the night life area, important churches ,and so on. Take amazing pictures on the Segway and all the monuments and landscapes as well. 

Lisbon: Customizable Highlights Tour with Transfer

7. Lisbon: Customizable Highlights Tour with Transfer

On this tour you can tailor an itinerary with the help of your local guide/driver. You can choose the different areas you want to visit. You might choose to be taken back in time through the narrow-cobbled streets of Lisbon where you discover its historic and cultural heritage and fall in love with the picturesque and colorful neighborhoods. Another option is to explore Lisbon by following the path of the 28 Tram from monument to monument, journey through time, winding its way through narrow streets and passing some of the city’s most famous historical neighborhoods, including Alfama, Graça, Chiado, and all the way over to Estrela. Along the way, you’ll stop at 2 of the highest viewing points in the city, Nossa Senhora do Monte and São Pedro de Alcântara, to take in breathtaking views of the old Lisbon. Lisbon's west hills of Chiado, Bairro Alto and Príncipe Rea are also an option. You will encounter history, culture, landmarks, amazing viewpoints and cultural areas, learning about your surroundings from your guide. This trendy part of the city was once the center of intellectual life, where famous writers would meet for their morning coffee and discuss important matters. It has now become a cool, vibrant, part of town, and the perfect place to do some shopping or just stroll around during your stay in Lisbon. These three neighborhoods offer you a little bit of everything, from fashion, glamor, fascinating historical sites such as Carmo Convent/Largo do Carmo, where the revolution that ended the fascist dictatorship in Portugal started. You will also later discover the beautiful São Roque church. These areas also boast emblematic theaters, charming old bookshops, live music and great tapas restaurants. The nightlife is pretty good too, with numerous bars and clubs to choose from. Another option is to head further west to the area of Belem where you may get off the tuk-tuk and visit some truly amazing monuments. See the Jerónimos Monastery, which is a world heritage site of gothic Manueline style architecture. Learn about the Belém Tower, just across the road, which was built between 1514 and 1520. Then head slightly down the river to the Monument to the Discoveries, which was dedicated to the Portuguese discoverers. These three monuments are some of the most visited in the city. Do not forget to sample the famous Pastéis de Nata while you are in Belem.

Lisbon: Layover Tour with Airport Pickup and Drop-Off

8. Lisbon: Layover Tour with Airport Pickup and Drop-Off

The experience begins with pickup from the airport by your guide. Climb inside a comfortable Mercedes-Benz vehicle and depart towards the city center, passing Liberdade Avenue, Rossio, Restauradores and Comercio plazas.  Drive through the hilly streets, see the charming yellow trams, and admire the old town. Continue to Belem, where the famous Portuguese pastries have been made since 1837. Stop near the Explorers Monument, Belem Tower, and Jeronimos Monastery.  Capture the beauty of Lisbon from the the Santa Justa Elevator and other famous viewpoints. There will be plenty of photo stops along the way. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off back at the airport, in time for your connecting flight.

Lisbon Highlights: Private 7-Hour Tour

9. Lisbon Highlights: Private 7-Hour Tour

Discover the most beautiful sights in Lisbon on this private tour. Your personal, officially certified tour guide/driver will give you comprehensive insight into the city, and will take your interests into account to customize the tour for you. For example, you can explore Lisbon's picturesque neighborhoods on a one-of-a-kind panoramic tour to the 25th of April Bridge. From a height of over 100 meters, you can admire a breathtaking view of Lisbon and the Christ the King Statue, which, at 28.5 meters high, is the largest concrete statue in Europe. You can also climb to the top of said statue, where you can take in an incredible view of the city and the river. Admire the magnificent Hieronymite Monastery, one of the most important and impressive examples of Manueline style, a Portuguese variation on late Gothic. You can also discover the unique Belém Tower and the one-of-a-kind Monument to the Discoveries. Visit areas of Lisbon less known among tourists such as the Estrela quarter with its Basilica, or the cemetery Prazeres. Lunchtime is also planned at one of Lisbon's local markets, away from tourist crowds.

Lisbon: HIghlights of Lisbon Private Guided Walking Tour

10. Lisbon: HIghlights of Lisbon Private Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide in Luis de Camoes Square and begin your sightseeing tour of Lisbon. Explore the city's cultural center, Largo do Chiado, and visit the Alfama district together with your local guide. Start your tour with a visit to Largo do Chiado. Stroll past the cafés where Portuguese intellectuals used to meet and enjoy a cup of coffee alongside the famed Portuguese pastry, the Pastel de Nata. Discover the Church of São Roque, one of the most captivating religious temples in Lisbon, and marvel at the ornate interior. Take a minute and relax under the jacarandas in Largo de Carmo, before entering the Carmo Convent with your skip-the-line tickets. See the ruins of an old Gothic church that was destroyed by the earthquake that hit Lisbon in 1755 and now houses the Carmo Archaeological Museum. Visit the Santa Justa Lift, an important work of engineering from the early 1900s. Walk along the elegant Rua Augusta until you reach the arch that leads to Praça do Comércio, Lisbon's main square. Admire the Cais das Colunas, the old entrance to the city from the Tagus River. Next, visit the Lisbon Cathedral. Built in the 13th century on top of a ruined mosque, this is Lisbon's most important and iconic religious buildings. Head to the Old Church of Our Lady of the Conception and admire the Manueline-style elements used on its façade. End your tour with a stroll around the charming Alfama quarter. Enjoy the incredible views of the city from the Miradouro de Santo Estêvão, while you taste the Ginjinha, the traditional Portuguese liquor prepared by local ladies. Visit the exterior of the Fado Museum, the best-known expression of Portuguese music.

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What people are saying about Carmo Convent

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I had a 9 hour layover in Lisbon. The pick up and drop off to airport was very convenient. Elizabeth was a super host and very easy going. She took me to great view points to enjoy Lisbon's iconic views. Nice walk in Alfama area. Enjoyed the quick trip to devour delicious Belen Di Nada's. Highly recommend!!

The first walking tour of my Portugal trip. Nice overview, easy with a good natured host. Great photo ops in the midpoint and if you're a fan of the country's trademark tilework, plenty of them were spotted in strolls among many neighborhoods. Also got to ride one of Lisbon's famous trams.

Would highly recommend. We spent all four hours in the older parts of the city, which gave time to spend inside exhibitions or linger at a spot. Our guide, Joanna, was very interactive. She wanted to know what we had already seen and tailored our time accordingly.

Had a great time. Luckily we had our tour guide just to ourselves due to a slow tourism time plus it being an English tour. She was very informative and a pleasure to spend time with. Highly recommend this tour!

Great experience. I would recommend bringing somthing soft to sit on.